Arizona Corporation Commission Rejects Utilities' Integrated Resource Plans

LCG, March 22, 2018--The Arizona Corporation Commission last week rejected the Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) filed by Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP), sister utility UniSource Energy Services (UNS) and Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and has ordered them to develop plans that reduce their dependence upon natural gas and new, gas-fired power plants. The Commission prefers greater reliance on renewable energy and storage.

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Get a good picture of ERCOT in LCG’s newly released 2018 ERCOT Outlook

LCG, March 21, 2018 --Texas continues to experience an unprecedented transformation in its energy industry. The state saw record wind energy production in 2017 and will continue to see wind growth through 2018. Large transmission projects and upgrades have taken place. New import and export capabilities are on the horizon, such as through the integration of Lubbock Power & Light and the possible Southern Cross transmission project.

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What can ERCOT expect in 2017? Two new studies published

LCG, February 27, 2017--Growth in ERCOT is an active area of research and debate for all Texas stakeholders. The region is undergoing unprecedented wind and solar development, billions of dollars in transmission upgrades, and the proposed integration with Lubbock Power & Light.

LCG Consulting has published two reports using its premiere grid modeling software, UPLAN, to model ERCOT in 2017 with 5-minute dispatch:

ERCOT 2017 Outlook Report. Outlines future operation of the ERCOT nodal market, including Locational Marginal Prices (LMPs), load zone prices, hub prices and expected congestion.

ERCOT Q1 Resource Adequacy Report. Investigates the operational implications of strained network conditions in the ERCOT market.

These two reports oversee generation mix, discuss whether prices will remain relatively low compared to past years, how different zones compare, and what kind of congestion and curtailment stakeholders can expect and where it can be expected.

For more in depth analysis, LCG can provide tailored datasets, such as individualized generator performance, hourly prices, and much more.

LCG performed these studies using 5-minute dispatch and the industry’s most sophisticated and long-standing electricity model, the UPLAN Network Power Model. LCG has been modeling energy systems for more than 30 years and continuously sustains the most up-to-date information on every detail of the Texas grid, from minor and major transmission upgrades to gas prices and weather patterns.

For more information on LCG’s products and services, contact Julie Chien at
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